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Half marathon 'winner' used ringer
« on: May 19, 2010, 10:16:59 PM »
Half marathon 'winner' used ringer
Reuters - Wed, 19 May 11:49:00 2010

The winner of a women's half marathon in Shandong, China has been stripped of her title when she was discovered to have brought in someone else to run for her.

Liu Shuling was initially awarded victory in the race at the Yellow River Estuary International Marathon but video footage later revealed her to be Wang Xueqin, the People's Daily newspaper reported.

Wang and Liu were both banned from the marathon for two years and will face further punishment from the Chinese Athletics Association.

This is not the first case of identity fraud at a Chinese long distance race this year.

In January, more than 30 competitors at the Xiamen International Marathon had their results cancelled after they were discovered to have been carrying time-recording microchips for other high school students.

Chinese students get extra credits for the highly competitive college entrance exams with good performances at international sporting events.

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